There was a time when to be an employee at publishing behemoth Time Inc. was to enjoy the perks—charter planes! Rainbow Room memberships! newsroom drink carts!—of a booming industry. A time not that long ago, actually. The Daily Beast’s Jesse Oxfeld offers a look back on the way we were.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.